The first two One to Watch posts have exclusively featured Spanish based players. This time however we’re going to Germany… to feature a Spaniard!
23-year-old centre-back Jorge Mere plays for FC Koln having transferred from Sporting Gijon for a chunky €9 million in 2017. Prior to linking up with Gijon, Mere had progressed through the youth ranks at hometown club Oviedo.
Mere appeared 61 times in the league for Gijon’s first XI having represented their B team on 47 occasions. Though he never scored for the first team, he did find the back of the net a handy three times for the reserves. He’s also got on the scoresheet twice in the league since relocating to Germany which is a useful contribution to compliment his robust defensive qualities. He has however been booked on four occasions this term despite starting only five league games! As those stats suggest, he’s perceived to be a tough tackler rather than a gracefully bring the ball out of defence sort.
On the international front Mere accumulated a whopping 59 caps at youth level including 31 for Spain under-21s (3 goals). He was a member of the 2015 Under-19 European Championship winning squad alongside the likes of Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio and will hope to raise his profile to the same level as his peers. He did feature in a full Spain squad four years ago but remains uncapped at full international level.
Mere has been compared to Real Madrid’s 170-cap stalwart Sergio Ramos so playing at FC Koln may seem like he hasn’t lived up to expectations. That would be a short-sighted perspective however as Mere continues his development alongside the likes of 43-cap German international Jonas Hector.
The German league has only got stronger in recent years and Mere appears to be doing the same. The prospect of joining a more high profile club in a year or two certainly shouldn’t be written off. Big clubs including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid were interested not that long ago and may enquire again as Mere matures.
With the Bundesliga about to kick off again and football starved fans of all nationalities desperate for action, Mere could catch the eye.